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Gender and Genre in the Folklore of Middle India

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"In this superbly crafted, absorbing book, Flueckiger explores the relationships among folklore genres in the Chattisgarh region of north India, achieving a pioneering model of the study of a 'folklore system' in its entirety. . . . This is ethnographic scholarship at its best. The multigenre approach is a major contribution, and this rich book should be read by all students of folklore, literature, performance, and South ...

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A Choice Outstanding Academic Book for 1997

"In this superbly crafted, absorbing book, Flueckiger explores the relationships among folklore genres in the Chattisgarh region of north India, achieving a pioneering model of the study of a 'folklore system' in its entirety. . . . This is ethnographic scholarship at its best. The multigenre approach is a major contribution, and this rich book should be read by all students of folklore, literature, performance, and South Asia."--Choice

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  • ISBN-13: 9780801483448
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/1996
  • Series: 8/27/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 424
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.91 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Table of Contents

Illustrations and Maps
Foreword
Preface
Note on Transliteration
1 Introduction: Region, Repertoire, and Genre 1
2 Soaking the Goddess, Celebrating Friendship: Bhojali 26
3 Brave Daughters, Bound Kings: A Female Tradition of Reversal: Dalkhai 50
4 Land of Wealth, Land of Famine: The "Parrot Dance" in Ritual and Narrative: Sua Nac 77
5 Joining Verse to Verse: Professional Storytelling and Individual Creativity: Kathani Kuha 104
6 "This Is Our Story": A Chhattisgarhi Epic: Candaini 131
7 Pandvani Heroines, Chhattisgarhi Daughters: Pandvani 156
8 Conclusion: Shifting Boundaries of Genre and Community 177
Performance Text: The Song of Subanbali 189
Performance Text: Kathani Kuha: Of Friendship, Love, and Memory 252
Performance Text: Sample Transcriptions of Performance Texts 325
Glossary 333
Bibliography 337
Index 345
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